The acclaimed sci-fi series Raised by Wolves has been canceled by HBO Max after two seasons. 

A statement released by HBO Max said, “While we are not proceeding with a third season of Raised by Wolves, we are beyond grateful to the stellar cast and crew, our creators Aaron Guzikowski, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, and the entire team at Scott Free Productions, for their beautiful artistry and unique ability to immerse fans into the world of Kepler-22b.”

Raised by Wolves premiered on September 3, 2020, with the first three episodes and by the next week, its audience grew by nearly 50 percent. The impressive debut led to HBO Max quickly renewing the show for a second season. 

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Raised by Wolves was created by Aaron Guzikowski and produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Production. Scott directed the first two episodes of season 1. The series followed two androids, Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim) tasked with raising human children on an elusive planet, Kepler-22b. Earth is no more because of a great religious war that used battle androids. In the second season, Mother and Father, along with their brood of six human children, join a newly formed atheistic colony in Kepler 22 b’s mysterious tropical zone. 

Salim took to social media to make a plea for a 3rd season pickup elsewhere and also a call-to-action for fans to get loud. In a series of tweets, he said, “It’s not surprising, especially after the news of the mergers and what is happening at Warner, that a lot of shows are not having their stories finished. And unfortunately, one of those shows is Raised by Wolves. Nothing has been publicly shared yet. And there is a reason for that. An important one. One which I’m here to share with you now. There is hope.

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“You see, we’re in a unique position: we have a fully fleshed out and planned storyline, a Goliath of a production team behind us, incredible reception from critics and reviewers alike, and most crucially, a community base that is so strong internationally, it can not be ignored. The reason the cancellation hasn’t been announced, and that’s because there’s still a chance the story can continue, and be finished at a new home. This is where you all come in.

“As we speak, Scott Free and the creatives are pushing for the show to be continued in other homes – sharing the reception and pull of the show to other storytellers. There is no denying that we are in a time where the power of a communities voice can make change. There’s been many instances we’ve collectively witnessed where this has happened, few that spring to mind is The Expanse, Top Boy as well as with good ol Synder… So I’m asking for action. I see the pure love, passion and questions (too too many) that arise DAILY on Twitter for RBW. I’m now asking that you continue to, and with even more vigour, show that genuine love here, there, and everywhere as we search for that new home.”

Raised by Wolves is solid science fiction with notes of horror. The original storyline and its themes of religion, war, technology and what makes us human can haunt a brain for days. And, it’s weird. Wonderfully weird and beautiful. 

Fans that wish to jump on social media to boost Salim’s signal can use the hashtag #RenewRaisedbyWolves. Let’s hope season 2 wasn’t the last time we got to see space mullets. 

Raised by Wolves is currently streaming on HBO Max

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